Conservative Breitbart contributor targeted with vandalism; Political motive suspected

On Saturday, Warner Todd Huston, a conservative contributor at Breitbart.com, said that someone in his neighborhood has targeted his home and his car with vandalism, going so far as to set the interior of his car on fire.

“At first I thought it was just random vandals as the attacks were penny-ante nonsense, but now I am pretty sure it is being done by someone who knows I am a conservative writer who has a body of work stretching back to 2001 and they are trying to intimidate me,” he wrote at Publius’ Forum.

He continued:

It started early this year when a flag was pulled off my flag staff and left ripped and in pieces on my lawn.

I replaced the flag imagining it was just local punks acting tough. Weeks later that new flag disappeared.

That’s twice.

Then my garage door was egged.

That is three times.

At first, he thought it was just a case of punks being punks.  But then it got a bit more personal.

“On the night of July 1, the U.S. Army flag that I fly in honor of my son who is in the service was scorched and on it was written in marker ‘die dogs,'” he said.  “This was a bit more threatening and more specific than just mindless destruction. It seemed directly aimed at the U.S. military and me personally.”

On September 24, someone egged his garage door a second time and wrote “racist” on one of the metal panels.

“Naturally, as a conservative writer, I write on subjects such as Islam and immigration. they are topics that would goad most liberals to call me such a name. I also have frequently had political yard signs in my yard for the more conservative candidates in my area. So, my home is well known (or at least easily known) as a place where a conservative Republican lives,” he said.

After the second attack on his garage, Huston began to wonder if someone was targeting him because of what he does for a living.

“As an aside,” he wrote, “I have no troubles with my immediate neighbors. In fact, our neighbors across the street had been on an extended visit to Mexico for the last several months and the neighbors right behind us just moved in and weren’t even here for much of this vandalism. The other neighbors are two elderly neighbors and a recently arrived middle eastern family I haven’t even really met. I have had no cross words with any of them.”

But, he said, early Saturday morning, things went into high gear:

At about 1 AM or so on Saturday morning, I was awakened by a noise outside my home. I can’t really say what the noise was as it woke me from a deep sleep. It was just a shout that awoke me. I looked at my window and saw what struck me as a strange light outside. So, I went to the front door…

And saw my car interior on fire…

The surface of my passenger seat was set aflame and the entire interior of the car destroyed. Fortunately it isn’t a new car (it’s a 1999 Oldsmobile 88). But unfortunately, because it is so old I never put it on comprehensive coverage leaving it only at liability coverage. So, insurance won’t cover this destruction and I am now without a car.

Naturally the police became involved, but they say they won’t classify it as arson because they don’t have any evidence to show for it. A plastic pop bottle and cap was left inside by who ever did this. It smelled of gas to me.

Police wondered if he smoked in the car, but Huston said he doesn’t smoke cigarettes and only occasionally smokes a cigar, but NEVER in a car.

“So, there is nothing that should have set my car on fire 7 hours after I last drove it,” he said. “Also, it was the surface of the seats that went up in flames. Nothing electrical any where near the burn zone.”

Huston said he “firmly” believes these attacks are motivated by his writing.

“This is the tolerant left in action. They are trying to intimidate me,” he said.  “I will not be silenced.”

His son set up a GoFundMe campaign to help replace the destroyed car.  That campaign, which can be seen here, reads:

My dad, Warner Todd Huston, has been working to improve the United States for over a decade with his writing, but now he is faced with a crisis after vandals attacked his home and — most shockingly — now set his car on fire all because he dares to speak out about his conservative principles.

The two times I served overseas, my dad was there for me and my wife and kids and now I want to be there for him. When I was in Iraq he took in my children and wife and never charged me a cent (He did this for my younger brother’s family, too). He has been a wonderful father and grandfather.

And he’s been writing to bring America back to where it needs to be since early 2001, He has been on Fox News, CNN, Fox Business, on dozens of radio shows here in the U.S. and in the UK, and he has been on literally hundreds of websites, as well as in magazines, and newspapers.

But now, he needs our help. His car was set ablaze by vandals who have been systematically targeting his house all because he dares to write and speak his conscience. This is what it’s like for a conservative to live in a blue state like Illinois.

According to the GoFundMe campaign, Huston still owes $3,000 on the car.

Liberalism, as I first said in February 2011, is an ideology of rage and hate.  Sadly, liberals prove that assertion correct on just about any given day.


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